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is hoping to pick up a few votes with an endorsement from football great john elway. president obama is taking the personal approach to nail down votes. >> this is barack obama. >> reporter: and like romney, the president sees this debate as a chance to talk to america. >> it's a choice between two different paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our nation. >> reporter: the president has a lead in all nine of the key battleground states, including ohio, which begins early balloting today. >> romney's task is difficult because he has to redefine himself as well as redefining the election. >> reporter: an election only 35 days away but still far from over. and the first debate is on the domestic issues that are defining this election. >>> ryan moore in washington. thanks. >>> the candidates for the u.s. senate seat in massachusetts, scott brown and elizabeth warren, debated for the second time last night. the two were combative as they staked out opposite issues from jobs and bringing troops home. david gregory from "meet the press"
morning, everyone. we get an interesting perspective on this from john mccain. he's debated both the president and mitt romney, and he says we will see two very strong well-prepared debaters and he predicts few surprises. the president's behind closed doors in nevada for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney in denver wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are down playing expectations. a senior aide to the president says romney will be prepared, disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> barack obama is going to be formidable and i think it will be a good debate, but i certainly would not underestimate what barack obama brings to it. >> reporter: john kerry's playing romney with the president. in a weekend memory, republicans urged kerry to press the president on libya and syria. romney calls obama's foreign policy dangerous. romney's debate plan, clearly and concisely expl
newton john are at it again. and liam neeson bears all. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. >>> plus magician david blaine faces off with a 1 million volt lightning storm. you're watching "early today." >>> well, welcome back to "early today." we are watching a large storm entering the aleutian islands. we'll see the rain move towards parts of the central and southern coast. cloudy in anchorage, juneau at 48. dry in the west the next two days and still a pretty mild pattern. the exception in the northwest, closer to average temperatures. >>> if you're watching us on koti, watch it fly at the wind tunnel project at the children's museum of klamath falls. that's your early today event. >> that would be fantastic. can i stay late and have you do that for me? thank you so much >>> well now here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. tmz reports trouble on the set of "american idol." new judge nicki minaj derailed auditions in north carolina yesterday after threatening to knock out fellow panelist mariah carey over a disagreement about a
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